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NC Giving Few Details About Police Killing of Deaf Motorist

No more than 7 minutes and 30 seconds elapsed on Aug. 18 from the time a state trooper began chasing Daniel Harris to the approximate moment the 29-year-old deaf man was struck with a fatal bullet from the officer’s gun. But that short clip of radio traffic between Trooper Jermaine Saunders and his dispatcher offers the most detailed account yet of the 7-mile chase, which started on Interstate 485 when Saunders said he clocked Harris’ Volvo going 88 mph in a 70 mph zone. It ended in a north Charlotte neighborhood, with Harris lying dead in the street not far from his family home. ...

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Growing national scrutiny of an North Carolina state trooper’s killing of a deaf Charlotte motorist has prompted the State Department of Public Safety to issue a statement asking the public not to rush to judgment, reports the Raleigh News & Observer. The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting of motorist Daniel Harris, 29, but the agency has not said whether Harris was armed or threatened the trooper in some way.

In the meantime, media speculation had grown that it could be another case of law enforcement overreacting, with suggestions that the shooting is not unlike recent high profile cases of African Americans being killed by police. The State Bureau of Investigation has said little about what led Harris to be shot by trooper Jermaine Saunders during a traffic stop Thursday. When Saunders tried to pull Harris over for speeding, he fled and led the trooper on a seven-mile chase. Troopers said he got out of the vehicle, and that led to an “encounter” where a shot was fired. Harris died at the scene. The case has had international attention, including coverage in in African, Russian, Australian, and British newspapers and websites. ..Source.. by The Crime Report

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